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Experts offer safety advice for hosting your own fireworks party

There are plenty of options when it comes to celebrating the fourth, and Jenelle Marietta knows them all.  

It's one of those times a year where you can just cookout, go to the lake, do whatever, just have a good time," said Marietta.

To ensure a safe celebration, Marietta first recommends keeping a distance between you, your guests and the sparklers.  

Light larger fireworks, such as cakes, at least 400 feet away. For smaller novelty fireworks, keep a distance of at least 40 feet.

"So we don't have to worry about anything shooting back or hurting somebody," said Marietta.

Marietta says to set fireworks on a flat, level surface to ensure they do not fall over.

Experts say it is also important to not smoke, have a hose or water source readily available, avoid lighting them in dry, windy conditions, refrain from using them if under the influence.

And use common sense.

Also, one of the most important things to remember when lighting your own fireworks is to read the directions thoroughly. Whether it's a smaller novelty firework, or a larger cake, each one should have directions on the back.

When the party is over, Jim Radell of the Pittsburg Fire Department says you still need to be careful.

"Sometimes people get them done, throw them in the trash can, trash can's in the garage, they're not out completely. Garage fire," said Radell.

Radell recommends letting used fireworks sit overnight and dipping them in at least five gallons of water before disposing them. According to the Pittsburg Fire Department, it is not permitted to alter or combine fireworks.

These tips that will ensure a safe and happy Independence Day.  

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